League Rules

1) Teams are to show up regardless of weather conditions unless prior arrangements have been made. If the field is unplayable, the captains may cancel and report to the division representative. Games should be cancelled no earlier than 5pm. Cancellations due to lack of players are not acceptable and will be considered a forfeit. If a team forfeits 3 games, the rest of their season is voided. All their remaining games will be scored as ties. They will not be allowed to participate in the final tournament.


2) A team must list no less than ten (10) batters of which three (3) must be female. Any time there are less than 3 females, the game is considered a forfeit. Teams are permitted to play with nine (9) players, with the last spot scored as an auto out, providing the number of females remains intact. You can NOT play with (2) females. The maximum amount of batters in a lineup is 16. No substitutions will be allowed. No ½ games are permitted.


3) Players may register and play with only one team in the league and cannot play until SPN coverage is attained. Males and Females may spare unlimitedly. Teams may add spares after the beginning of the season as long as they are added to the SPN roster.


4) Rosters are to be kept current in the official scorebook and will be used to prove eligibility should a challenge arise.


5) Each player must play a minimum of FIVE (5) games to be eligible for the final tournament. The opening tournament games do NOT count towards games played.


6) Home team to set up the field. Bases are at 65 feet, commitment line at 20 feet towards 3rd base and pitching line at 50 feet. Please use a tape measure if the field is not marked. 1st base must be the larger “safety base” with the orange half in foul territory. Home plate will be a wood board measuring 3’x2’ and cover any existing plate. If a batted ball hits home plate, it is considered a foul ball and the play is dead.


7) Games will be seven (7) innings in total with a maximum of five (5) runs scored each inning, excluding the 7th inning, which will be considered “open”. Tie games at the end of 7 innings will not be played out except for tournament knock out games, in which international rules apply.


8) Team captains are responsible for their players, both on and off the field including fans and supporters. Abuse, physical and/or verbal will NOT be tolerated. Result: Team will be put on probation for the remainder of the season, including the tournament PLUS all of the following season. Should there be a 2nd offence, the team will be removed from league play. All of their wins will become ties as well as any remaining games to be played. In extreme circumstances, the league can remove a player for the remainder of the season including the tournament. The player is welcome to re-apply next season but is not guaranteed to return.

9) ALL participating players, on the field or in the dugout, are required to wear a shirt/jersey. Failing to adhere, the player will be removed from play and if it results in the team being unable to field enough players, the game will become a forfeit.


10) Pitches will be in an arc of 6’ – unlimited from a distance 50’ minimum – 60’ maximum in line with 2nd base. The pitcher may not be closer/further than outlined. Result: If the pitcher is not within the 50’-60’ range, the pitch will be called a “ball” and the pitcher warned. If there is a 2nd offence, the batter will be awarded 1st base and the pitcher removed from the mound (not the game). The new pitcher will be allowed three (3) warm up pitches.


11) Four (4) balls without a strike thrown to a male batter with a female batter following will result in two (2) bases awarded and all other runners will advance accordingly. The female batter will still hit. The team captain may call for an
intentional walk to any batter. No pitches are needed. If a male batter is walked ahead of a female batter, he will be awarded two (2) bases and the female batter will still hit.

12) No defensive player may be closer than 50’ prior to contact of the pitch. Result: play will be called “dead” and the batter will be awarded 1st base with all forced runners advancing.

13) A five (5) person infield is not permitted. All outfielders must be on the grass before contact is made. The result is the same as Rule 12.

14) Female batters that successfully hit into the grass, whether the ball is hit in the air to the grass or on the ground, will be awarded 1st base. All other runners are at risk.

15) There are no lead offs. Any runner leaving the base before contact is made will be called out. If said runner is the 3rd out of the inning, the same batter will start the next inning.

16) The batter must make contact with at least one foot in line with the home plate board (must be “in the box”). Any player that is in front of or behind the plate at contact will be called out and the play dead. The batter may not step on home plate at time of contact. This also will result in the batter being called out. All runners will return to the base they started from.

17) Infield fly rule is in effect. A fly ball hit to an infielder with runners on 1st and 2nd base OR with the bases loaded AND less than two (2) out. The batter is called out with all other runners at risk.

18) Homeruns on fenced fields will be scored with the progressive “Plus 2” rule. At Evergreen a ball hit into the trees or tennis court will be scored as a homerun. Balls hit under the trees will be scored as a ground rule double. Any more homeruns will count as an out. At Cedar, any ball into the trees will be scored as a homerun but will not count towards the “Plus 2” rule.  If a batted ball hits a tree the play is dead and the ball ruled a foul ball.  At Citadel, ball rolling into the trees will be a ground rule double.  A batted ball into the trees in right field will be considered a homerun, progressive homerun rule is still in effect.

19) There are unlimited fouls, except if a female player bunts on a 3rd strike. She will be called out. Only females are allowed to bunt.

20) You may substitute a pinch runner at any time for any reason. However, they can only run once per game. Males will only run for males, females for females. This will be noted in the scorebook with an asterisk (*) by the pinch runner’s name. Should a pinch runner be on base when it is their turn to bat, a new runner may be substituted with the same effect. *Exception*: In the case of an injury, once all runners have been used, teams may start the process over.

21) All batters on the scorecard must play one (1) inning defensively. Unlimited substitutions each inning is allowed but must play the whole inning (barring injury) to count as an inning played.

22) Runners cannot touch home plate or they will be called out. Any runner crossing the 20’ commitment line must advance home; otherwise they will be called out going back to 3rd base. Tagging a runner is not necessary but is allowed. The runner must not initiate contact with the catcher, deliberately or accidentally, or they will be called out.

23) Both team captains are to report the final score to their division representative. This will help with discrepancies and aid with tie-breakers come tournament time.

24) No steal cleats allowed. All bats must meet SPN legal bat criteria. Here is the current banned list:

25)  Only the coach may argue, in a reasonable manner, a call made by the umpire.

26) Any rule not covered in the league specific rules as outlined above will be subject to the SPN official guidelines.

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